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Features

  • When Ed Taylor Jr. recently stepped into the shoes of the retiring chief, Merle Adermann, the “fit” was not exact, but as Taylor had been first assistant chief for several years, he had an idea of what the “walk” in those shoes would be like.

  • As Veterans Day, approaches, we again honor all veterans from all branches of the United States of America. We obtained permission to feature John Sefton’s photo and story in a tribute to our veterans.

  • When Melvin “Chuck” Jones was a little boy, he was fortunate to spend time with his grandfather, Perry Davis of Sefton Township.

  • It was 25 years ago on Nov. 1 that the Rev. Dan Rush arrived in Vandalia to pastor the Bethel Baptist Church, bringing his wife, Kathy, and their two young children, Brittany, age 4, and Micah, age 2.

  • Evan D. Burns grew up in Vandalia. He was a member of the Vandalia Community High School football and basketball teams, and also wrestled before he graduated in 2001.

  • When one hears of a “pack of dogs,” it may cause consternation, but the “P.A.C.K.” going into Evans Public Library in Vandalia represents “Pups Assisting Children with Kindness.”

  • Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • Madeline Cade, Audrey K. Myers and Hope Budny-Clymer are best friends and schoolmates at Fayette Christian Academy in Vandalia.

  • It sounds rather like an oxymoron, but “grief” is something in life that everyone eventually experiences, and adding the word “good” can describe a healthy, healing realization and acceptance of the loss of a loved one.

  • Vontella McEndollar of the Wheatland Home and Community Education Unit was recently awarded with a Certificate of  Recognition for 63 years of membership in the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization.

  • Every Thursday, from two to 10 women gather at Haley Chapel to exchange recipes (and samples), share ideas, introduce different crafts and patterns, share food on their “break,” and, most important of all, enjoy their friendships and all the good things that involves.

  • When Caitlyn Campbell was a small child, she hated dogs. They scared her.

    But when her grandparents, Wynn and Sarah Provines, bought a pug puppy, it changed everything. Not only did she overcome her fear of dogs, but she and Charlie the pug became inseparable. They did everything together. And she took countless pictures of her four-legged playmate.

    Then – tragically – Charlie was hit by a car and died.

  • Sharon Wilhelm enjoys the tranquility of sitting on her front porch in the evenings, watching the many hummingbirds flock to  her feeders, and hearing the constant whirring of their wings as they fly about.

    The surrounding, scenic, view is also comforting and remindful of pleasant memories, as she was born and lived in a house in the woods nearby, until her father built the present house when she was 4 years old.

    Meet Sharon as she shares her enjoyment of the hummingbirds and some of her childhood memories of her rural Brownstown home.

  • Norman Clough, who is 83 years old, has a very clear memory of the days that are referred to as the “Oil Boom” in the St. Elmo area.

  • Charles Melvin “Chuck” Jones had always felt that he would like to sail, but never had the opportunity to even be on a sailboat until his wife, Patricia, won one in 1995.

  •  Decsribed in the scripture is “a worthy woman,” quoted here, in part, who “works with her hands in delight,”  “brings food,” “stretches out her hand to the needy,”  “strength and dignity are her clothing,” “smiles at the future,” “opens her mouth in wisdom,” “the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,” “does not eat the bread of idleness,” …  “for her worth is far above jewels."

  • When Julie Wollerman was sworn into office by Judge Gene Schwarm on July 18, she became the new superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 (Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties), the first woman to serve in the position.

  • The dog days of summer have been – and are – upon us.
    Temperatures soaring up in the 90s and past100 degrees can cause serious health conditions, which can be fatal.

  • Marisa Thomason said she was shocked when she heard her name announced as the 2011 Fayette County Fair queen.  But those who know her well were probably not at all surprised.

  • During the recent Kaskaskia River flooding, Pauline Weaver Tackett was reminded of her childhood days, when families lived in the river bottom south of Vandalia.